The package is deceiving; fresh-faced with a warm smile and gentle voice, singer-songwriter Ashley Robertson is a young woman with an already impressive amount of critical and international acclaim for her distinct brand of country music storytelling, folky introspectiveness and bluegrass energy.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ashley’s interest in country music was sparked early by listening to her parent’s recordings of great artists such as Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. As soon as she was old enough Ashley headed to Nashville and eventually enrolled in Belmont University’s famed Music Business program, where she majored in business administration, audio production and studied classical piano.
There in Nashville she met her first producer Allen Frizzell, brother of the legendary Lefty Frizzell. Ashley’s debut album was recorded at Hilltop Studios and released to critical and international success. She became one of the youngest songwriters ever to have two solo written songs hit the top 100 at Canadian country radio complete with a cross Canada radio tour and numerous trips to Europe and the U.K. to perform.
Her first international release through Arizona based Comstock Records “Living In Misery”, co-written by Allen Frizzell & Bobby Taylor, gained the top spot on the American Independent, U.K. & European country charts and led to her winning European CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. The accompanying music video received play on CMT Canada and the Country Music Channel of Australia.
She again topped the Independent, European & UK country charts with her self-written bluegrass single “A Letter” and began earnest work writing and recording her sophomore album. According to Larry Delaney of Country Music News she “steps into full control of the project by writing all of the songs, and producing”. Ashley was subsequently invited to perform for the prestigious Songwriter’s Showcase during the Canadian Country Music Awards. She also toured Australia in January 2011 and performed at the legendary Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Two more singles “Deep in the Night” & “Woman in the White Dress” from the album of the same name are Ashley’s third and fourth number one hits to become a smash on country radio in several nations, including number one on the National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown in Canada, and taking the top spot on the European CMA’s official Pan-Europe Country Radio chart.
Ashley’s other releases include “Back In Manitoba”, a special tribute song recorded and released for the Manitoba 2010 Homecoming celebration and “Return To Me” , a single which reached the number 2 spot on the European country charts and was named as one of the top played country songs of 2011 by CountryBear Magazine.
The song “Woman in the White Dress”, written by Ashley, also became part of the soundtrack for the Sundance Institute film “Compliance”, handpicked by director Craig Zobel. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and got picked up by Magnolia Pictures for wide release.
Ashley was very pleased to release “Start Again” in 2013 which performed well on charts such as the Roots Music Report (debuting at number four) and the single “Finished With You” was chosen by Virgin America Airlines to be featured on all their domestic U.S. flights. The album was also accompanied by two tours, one in Europe and two in the U.K.
Ashley’s latest single from her forthcoming project “Wild & Free” received a nice amount of radio play and she finally captured the top spot again on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown in Canada. She is looking forward to releasing more music with her new single “How Are You My Love” and as usual hitting the road.